Surgical Technologist | Midwestern Career College

Surgical Technologist Training Program

Study format: Face-to-face
Duration: 56 weeks
Externship: 250 hr
Location: Chicago Naperville Blue Island

CAAHEP Accreditation and CST Certification

Midwestern Career College’s Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for CST certification by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

Winter Enrollment Now Open!

Now is the time to start the admissions process for the winter 2020 cohort of the Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology. We offer this program just once per year, and only 15 students will be enrolled.

Take a step toward your future. Start the application process today!

About Our Program

Midwestern Career College’s Surgical Technologist Training Program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to obtain entry-level positions as surgical technologists and sterile processing technicians. The program consists of classroom and hands-on training, as well as a clinical experience in an MCC-affiliated clinical site.

What Does a Surgical Technologist Do?

Surgical technologists play a vital role in the operating room by demonstrating competence and skill in the following areas:

  • Preparation of the operating room environment with instruments, equipment, and supplies
  • Proper technique for surgical hand scrubbing, gowning, gloving and assisting team members
  • Set up and sterility of the Mayo and back tables
  • Proper handling of drapes for the surgeon
  • Proper handling of instruments, equipment, supplies and sutures before, during and after surgery
  • Application of common types of surgical and specialty dressing

Paying for College

Federal student financial aid is available to those who qualify. Eligible students may apply for funding from the Veterans Administration (VA) or the Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Program Objectives

MCC’s Surgical Technologist Training Program instructs students so that they may:

  • Prepare the operating room environment with instruments, equipment, and supplies
  • Demonstrate proper technique for surgical hand scrubbing, gowning, gloving and assisting of team
  • Set up the Mayo table and back table accordingly
  • Know the purpose and legal responsibility of counts and identify items needed to be counted
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic surgical instrumentation for a specific surgical procedure
  • Know the three principles of aseptic technique:
    • A sterile field is created for each surgical procedure.
    • Sterile team members must be appropriately attired prior to entering the sterile field.
    • Movement in and around the sterile field must not compromise the sterile field.
  • Demonstrate proper handling of drapes for the surgeon
  • Demonstrate the proper handling of instruments, supplies, and sutures for the surgeon in a timely
  • Demonstrate the importance of handling specific types of specimens
  • Identify precautions to prevent patient burns resulting from electrical equipment
  • Demonstrate the drawing up of medication both on and off the sterile field
  • Demonstrate the application of the common types of surgical and specialty dressings
  • Maintain the sterility of the back table and Mayo table until the patient leaves the room
  • Dispose of all sharps after surgery in compliance with standard precautions and procedures
  • Demonstrate care and handling of used instruments, equipment and supplies after surgery.


Our program includes a 250-clock-hour externship at an MCC-affiliated clinical site and is required for program completion.

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12% job growth is projected for surgical technologists from 2016–2026.

Graduates may secure jobs in labor or delivery departments, inpatient/outpatient surgery centers, hospital surgery departments, physicians’ offices and central supply departments. Check out job listings in the Chicagoland area for surgical technologists on Indeed, Career Builder, and


Graduates of our program will be eligible to sit for these national certifications:

  • Tech in Surgery-Certified (TS-C) from the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT)
  • Certified Sterile Processing Tech through the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD)